London Borough of Ealing
The London Borough of Ealing // (listen) is one of the 32 London Boroughs. Located in the centre of west London, Ealing comprises 7 major towns: Acton (W3), Ealing (W5, W13), Greenford (UB6), Hanwell (W7), Northolt (UB5), Perivale (UB6) and Southall (UB1, UB2) .
London Borough of Ealing
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Ealing shown within Greater London
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Created||1 April 1965|
|Admin HQ||Ealing Town Hall, Uxbridge Road, Ealing|
|• Type||London borough council|
|• Body||Ealing London Borough Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet - Cllr Julian Bell |
Chief Executive - Paul Najsarek (Labour)
|• Mayor||Cllr Patricia Walker|
|• London Assembly||Onkar Sahota AM for Ealing and Hillingdon|
|• MPs||Stephen Pound|
|• EU Parliament||London|
|• Total||21.44 sq mi (55.53 km2)|
|Area rank||259th (of 317)|
|• Rank||21st (of 317)|
|• Density||16,000/sq mi (6,200/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||30.4% White British|
3.1% White Irish
0.1% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller
15.4% Other White
1.2% White & Black Caribbean
0.6% White & Black African
1.4% White & Asian
1.3% Other Mixed
9.3% Other Asian
5.1% Black African
3.9% Black Caribbean
1.9% Other Black
|Time zone||UTC (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
Ealing is the 3rd largest London Borough in population, and 11th largest in area, covering part of west London and a small part of north west London. It bridges inner and outer London. Ealing's administrative centre is in Ealing Broadway. Ealing Council is the local authority. Ealing is the only London Borough to have adopted a flag. Ealing has long been known as the "Queen of the Suburbs" due to its many parks and tree-lined streets (the term was coined in 1902 by Ealing’s borough surveyor, Charles Jones.) This is reflected by the tree emblem seen on the Ealing Council logo and Ealing's coat of arms.
The London Borough of Ealing borders the London Borough of Hillingdon to the west, the London Borough of Harrow and the London Borough of Brent to the north, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to the east and the London Borough of Hounslow to the south.
The modern London borough was formed in 1965 by the merging the area of the Municipal Borough of Ealing (which included Ealing, Hanwell, Greenford, Hanwell, Perivale, Tyford Abbey and Northolt), the Municipal Borough of Southall and the Municipal Borough of Acton.
Along with Brentford, the London Borough of Ealing is the setting for much of the action in Robert Rankin's series of comedic novels, The Brentford Trilogy, which currently consists of six volumes. Ealing is also the primary setting for The Sarah Jane Adventures, being the location of Sarah Jane Smith's home.
330 hectares within the borough are designated as part of the Metropolitan Green Belt.
Ealing borough is made up of seven major towns:
- Acton (W3)
- Ealing (W5, W13)
- Greenford (UB6)
- Hanwell (W7)
- Northolt (UB5)
- Perivale (UB6)
- Southall (UB2, UB3)
Parliamentary constituencies in EalingEdit
London Fire BrigadeEdit
There are four fire stations within the London Borough of Ealing. Southall and Northolt have similar-sized station grounds and both house two pumping appliances. Southall attended[clarification needed] some 700 incidents more than their Northolt counterparts in 2006/07. Ealing, with two pumping appliances, and Acton, one pump and two fire investigation units, are the other two appliances in the area. The ward of Northfield had over forty malicious calls made from it, more than twice as any other ward within Ealing.
Ealing has a total of 91 state-run schools and nurseries. There are 13 high schools under the domain of the local education authority, 12 of which are either comprehensive, foundation or voluntary-aided, and one city academy.
A number of successful independent schools, including St Benedict's School (co-ed), the Barbara Speake Stage School (co-ed, ages 4–16), St Augustine's Priory (girls) and Notting Hill & Ealing High School (girls), are also located within the borough. The King Fahad Academy is an independent Saudi funded school within the borough.
A new 4FE secondary school, Ealing Fields Free School, opened in the Ealing planning area in September 2016, initially on a temporary site in Hanwell. A permanent site in Northfields has recently been secured and will accommodate the school permanently from September 2019. 
The borough of Ealing is ethnically diverse. In 2011, 49% gave their ethnicity as white, 30% as Asian, 15% as Black and 4.5% as of mixed or multiple ethnicity, the remaining identifying as Arab or other ethnicity. The main religions of the borough's population in 2011 were Christianity (44%), Islam (16%) Hinduism (9%) and Sikhism (8%); 15% stated they had no religion and a further 7% did not state any religion.
The borough has a long-standing Irish community which is particularly visible through the number of established Irish pubs in the borough and the popularity of Gaelic games in the community. Country flags for example can be seen flown on the outside or hung inside of various pubs in the area, especially on St Patrick's Day. St Benedict's School has also had a long term affiliation with the Irish community in Ealing, as it is a Catholic school. Many Irish members of the Ealing borough attend Ealing Abbey which is linked to St Benedict's School. The Irish population is mostly concentrated within Hanwell.
Ealing has a large British-Polish community that owes its origins to the World War II refugees and Polish armed forces finding both cheap accommodation and work in the Acton area, which then had a high proportion of London's light engineering companies involved with government war contracts. This community has grown considerably including more shops with authentic Polish food since Poland joined the EU and its migrant workers have been able to come to the UK freely; in 2011 the borough had the UK's highest proportion of Polish speakers at 6% of the population. This has also led to an increase in Polish social centres in the borough. The population is highly concentrated in Acton, Greenford and Perivale.
Southall in the west of the borough is home to one of the largest South Asian communities in the UK, the majority of whom are Sikhs. The community first developed in the 1950s. The Asian population makes up 80% of Southall Broadway ward as of 2011, a contrast compared to the 8% of Southfield ward in the borough's east.
In a speech to mark the 70th anniversary of the Indian Journalists' Association and of Indian independence on 15 August 1947 North Ealing MP Stephen Pound said: "There is North Ealing, South Ealing and Darjeeling" referring to the relatively large Asian population.
As of the 2011 census, Hanger Hill had, at 13%, the largest proportion of people aged 65 and over. The lowest were East Acton and Southall Green, at 8% each.
Sport and leisureEdit
Ealing is home to Ealing Studios, and was a major centre of the UK film industry. Brentford F.C. draw a large amount of local support from the borough, although Griffin Park is situated just outside the borough, in the neighbouring London Borough of Hounslow.
The borough has four Non-League football clubs Hanwell Town F.C. and Southall F.C. which both play at Reynolds Field in Perivale. the other two clubs are London Tigers F.C., which plays at the Avenue Park Stadium in Greenford and North Greenford United F.C., which plays at Berkeley Fields.
Rail and London UndergroundEdit
- Acton Central railway station
- Acton Main Line railway station
- Acton Town tube station
- Boston Manor tube station
- Castle Bar Park railway station
- Chiswick Park tube station
- Drayton Green railway station
- Ealing Broadway station
- Ealing Common tube station
- Greenford station
- Hanger Lane tube station
- Hanwell railway station
- North Acton tube station
- North Ealing tube station
- Northfields tube station
- Northolt Park railway station
- Northolt tube station
- Park Royal tube station
- Perivale tube station
- Sudbury Hill underground station
- Sudbury Hill underground and railway station
- South Acton railway station
- South Ealing tube station
- South Greenford railway station
- Southall railway station
- West Acton tube station
- West Ealing railway station
Travel to workEdit
In March 2011, the main forms of transport that residents used to travel to work were: driving a car or van, 21.8% of all residents aged 16–74; underground, metro, light rail, tram, 9.2%; bus, minibus or coach, 9.2%; on foot, 4.7%; train, 4.0%; work mainly at or from home, 3.0%; bicycle, 2.0%.
Ealing is twinned with:
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